Arsenal 'want' former Chelsea manager to succeed Arsène Wenger at the Emirates

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Arsène Wenger has remained in charge of the Gunners probably longer than he should have, and with the club once again performing below expectations, Gazzetta dello Sport believe Arsenal want him to take over from the French manager.

However, much to everyone's surprise, the Frenchman was awarded a new two-year deal, taking his stay in North London to nearly 23 years if he sees out his contract.

And when asked if he would be in the dug-out at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Wenger was particularly coy on the subject.

The news will be somewhat of a surprise to Arsenal fans and is a marked departure from Wenger who has previously honored the full length of contracts that he has signed with the Premier League side.

Arsenal are now sixth in the table, 12 points behind leaders Manchester City, and face Tottenham in a massive north London derby this weekend.

"Four or five weeks, it's a different experience, it's more concentrated".

"Maybe, yes I will do it at some stage, but until now I like to be involved every day in the life of a club", said Wenger, who was appointed Arsenal manager in 1996.

However, City's large squad means he has started just six Premier League games this term so could be tempted by more regular football in north London.

The Daily Star's David Woods recently reported Arsenal were closing in on a £60 million winter deal for Fekir, a move that could allow wantaway Sanchez and fellow contract rebel Mesut Ozil to leave the club.

The Frenchman added: "Yes of course [I'd be tempted] because my life is linked with football and, depending on my physical state, I will [always] be in football".

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